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Unbreakable Pulley and Mill Gearing Co

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May 1896.
1899. View in the Works.
December 1908.
December 1910. Benn Friction Clutch.
1912. Benn Friction Clutch.
January 1912.

of Boundary Street, West Gorton, Manchester and King's Lynn.

Reference to Slater's Directories and contemporary maps (Alan Godfrey Maps) shows that the works was located at the junction of Boundary Street and Malpas Street, close to the junction of Hyde Road and Birch Road.

1885 Wells' "Unbreakable' pulleys advertised for sale by John Donald & Son, stockists in Glasgow[1]

1887 The partnership of A. C. Wells and P. A Ransom was dissolved[2]; Ransom purchased the business.

1891 Advert: 'TO ENGINEERS. - TO BE LET, possession in March, the Commodious WORKS, occupied by the Unbreakable Pulley Company, 66, Ogden-street, Ardwick ; large new steam boiler, by Foster.—J. H. HAGUE, 63, Brown-street.'[3]

1894 Price list issued [4]

1895 Advertising the Gorton gas engine rated from 1.5 to 28 bhp. One supplied to Chatham Dockyard. [5]

1899 Details of their friction clutches. Will be used in a car to be produced by Simpson and Bodman.[6]

1911 Pamphlet on the Benn friction clutch [7]

1913 Advert. Shafting, pulleys, bearings and Benn clutches [8]

1917 Advert. Clutches, shafting, roller bearings etc. [9]

1919 Advert. Clutches, shafting, roller bearings etc. [10]

1924 The company was in voluntary liquidation[11]

1924 Ownership changed and the new proprietors appointed Mr C. A. Ablett as managing director.[12]

1934 The business, works and tools were auctioned[13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald - Wednesday 13 May 1885
  2. The Times, Jul 23, 1887
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 3 March 1891
  4. The Engineer of 5th October 1894 p306
  5. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  6. The Autocar 1899/04/08
  7. The Engineer of 20th October 1911 p413
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p404
  9. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p179
  10. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p215
  11. The London Gazette 28 October 1924
  12. The Engineer 1924/11/07
  13. The Times Mar 03, 1934